Global governance (global communism) websites are declaring that the seas are dying and the United States must pass the Law of the Sea Treaty immediately. The chatter has increased recently after a long period of silence.
The Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST is ready to be presented to the Senate to consider ratification by strong supporter John Kerry as early as next week. Kerry is the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Once it comes out of committee, it could be brought to the floor and voted on at any time. I think they’d wait for summer when everyone vacations.
This is a very dangerous treaty and it could be pushed through by a lame duck Senate. Once it is passed, it cannot be changed without a constitutional amendment. Dick Morris and the alternative media appear to be the only ones engaged in formal opposition.
The treaty is the opposite of what it purports to be. For instance, Leon Panetta, who said it is time to pass the treaty, also said, “Not since we acquired the lands of the American West and Alaska have we had such an opportunity to expand U.S. sovereignty.”
The treaty will do the opposite as nations like China seek to expand maritime territorial claims. China wants to claim “exclusive economic zones” extending 200 miles into international waters.
Internationalist & Indiana Republican Dick Lugar was repudiated in the recent election and is now a lame duck Senator. One of the things he wants to accomplish, along with Senators John Kerry & John Warner, is to ratify LOST. The treaty was denounced by Reagan and later signed by Clinton in 1994.
LOST cedes U.S. sovereignty of the seas to an international U.N. body who can later amend it to suit their Marxist goals. The U.S. would have no constitutional control but would be under the domination of an appointed body of mostly unfriendly, Marxist nations. Supporters believe the treaty will make travel across the globe safer, but that makes the assumption that member nations, of which we will only be one vote, will abide by the treaty. Quite an assumption.
A group called Atlantic Council held a forum after Lugar’s defeat which promoted the Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST. Trent Lott is lobbying for it though he opposed it as Senator – he’s highly paid.
Three groups want the ratification – the U.S. Navy, the multinational oil companies, and the radical environmentalist lawyers. Politics makes for strange bedfellows.
The Navy wants the treaty to preserve our freedom and safe transit in dangerous waters. Panetta believes we must abide by international rules if we expect others to. However, freedom of navigation has been the recognized international law for centuries. It ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The U.N. does not have a Navy and the U.S. will be expected to assume the cost and responsibility for protecting the world’s sea lanes.
Big oil wants it to extend jurisdiction over the continental shelf beyond the 200-mile limit. With it, would come a royalty of 1% to 7% on the value of minerals and oil produced to be paid to the 18 member International Seabed Authority in Kingston, Jamaica. We will be ceding a great deal of our wealth to an organization which we don’t need and it will be financed by us.
Environmentalists wants to be able to regulate the U.S. with their own 21 member international tribunal (ITLOS, International Tribunal of LOST ) in Hamburg, Germany. There would be no right of appeal to a U.S. court. From this vantage point, they can move to forced global warming regulations over the U.S.
Heritage.org will regularly update their site on the issue.
Unless the U.S. wants to have the same voting power as Cuba, Iran, and so on, we must defeat this treaty.
A thorough analysis is on the opinion pages of the U.S. News & World Report:
Open forum on the pros and cons –